Skynet is real or will be soon enough but before we accept the inevitable, Dubai will play host to the first ever World Drone Prix. These remote controlled flying robots will maneuverer across a track at speeds over 100 km/h and zoom about in different zones that’ll test both the drone and the pilot’s ability.
We bet you haven’t heard from the Google’s X labs; an olive branch of Alphabet that has been busy experimenting with robots, self-driving cars, glass (now scrapped) and our topic of discussion today, Project Skybender.
Under the watchful eye of CEO Astro/Eric Teller – who comes from a long line of bright minds – since 2010, Google X has been toying with these high-altitude solar-powered drones for four years.
And the latest reports claims that they are testing internet-delivering drones.
Flying drones are pretty cool. Drones that can sail across the surface of the water like boats are also pretty cool. Just the other day we were talking about a whole bunch of really cool drones. But what we didn’t include was this drone. This guy, is a helicopter, a boat, AND a submarine.
The unmanned aerial vehicle used to be a thing in the movies associated with weapons of mass destruction the size of a family saloon. That, or your three-man killstreak in Call of Duty.
Now though, these UAVs — or drones — are more commonly associated with fancy camera equipment you can use to film your cat climbing up a tree. Or sick drag race vids. We’d go with the cat though because we all know cats rule the internet.
Whoever thinks that grabbing a drone in midair is a good idea, you might want to think twice. Despite their flimsy nature drones are still whirling blades of death and attempting to snag one while its in flight is a lot more dangerous than people would believe.
Enrique Iglesias has taken to using drones during his shows to get crowd shots and had developed the unfortunate habit of grabbing them mid-flight to get POV shots with his most recent attempt at his concert in Tijuana ending badly.